screenshot options

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  1. flat6 macrumors regular

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    I find Apple-Shift-4 very useful, but is there any way to get it save as a JPG instead of a PDF?
     
  2. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    You could go to export in Preview.
    Also for screenshots with text it is better to save it as a .png
     
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  4. dvdh macrumors 6502

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    Grab (found in Applications Menu) is also an option although I still prefer the export from Preview route, unless you have access to Photoshop.

    edit: oops Gary beat me to it . . . :eek:
     
  5. flat6 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Grab seems to do TIFF, which is even more disheartening. I guess I'll just fire up Photoshop if there's not way to save directly as JPG.
     
  6. altair macrumors regular

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    Use the export feature from preview like these guys are saying, tis easy.

    open up the image in preview, go to file>export and it auto selects .jpg, and gives the option for a whole slew of other formats.
     
  7. cb911 macrumors 601

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    to even futher enhance your screenshot workflow in Preview... use this tip that i discovered...

    if you want the whole screen just add ctrl to your usual key combo (cmd+shift+crtl+3) to capture the screenshot to the clipboard, then open Preview, and there's an option to make a new document from the clipboard. then just export.

    no PDF file sitting on your desktop, the first file that is made is when you export the pic. i much prefer this way, then you're not deleting PDF's etc.

    of course you can also add ctrl to the cmd+shift+4 combo, very handy. :D
     
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I like cb911's method, since you can crop and select the exact format to save in, but there's a more universal alternative as well:

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20011027064656792&query=choose+format+screenshot

    This tip is from 2001, so it may not work in newer versions of OSX, but it's worth a try.

    If you're too lazy to click, it tells you to type this line in the terminal, replacing [imageFormat] with PNG, JPEG, or whatever:

    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleScreenShotFormat [imageFormat]
     
  9. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

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    I like grab also except I wish there was a faster way to have it up and ready to grab.
     
  10. cb911 macrumors 601

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    wow, thanks for that link Makosuke... :D

    now only if there was some way to set the default compression for when you're saving as a JPEG... and you could just take a screenshot and it's ready for the web - no need to open the pic and make any adjustments! :D now that would be nice.
     
  11. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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    You could also try "Folder Actions." Tell the folder to convert any TIFFs in there to JPGs. Then, whenever you want a screenshot as a JPG, stick the .tiff in there, and ta-da: instant JPG. :)

    Edit: Here's a little thread from last week. :)

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=99696
     
  12. cb911 macrumors 601

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    nice. :cool: i've seen those 'folder actions' in the menu - but never knew you could do those kind of things with it... if you do any small conversions frequently, perhaps this could end up being faster than even a Action/batch process in Photoshop?
     
  13. advres Guest

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    Holy Cow!!! I never really investigated folder actions before either. This is great news considering I have to take screenshots a few times a day and send them via email. This is gonna save me so much time!!!!!

    Thanks DOT!!!! :D
     

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